Farrah Fawcett’s longtime partner, Ryan O’Neal, is making her funeral arrangements and it will not be open to the public. Farrah’s funeral is set for Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 4PM PST. Fawcett, 62, who died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony open to mourners by invitation only. According to the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, services will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Fawcett died at St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica at 9:28 a.m. Thursday morning with Ryan O’Neal, and her friend Alana Stewart by her side. Fawcett’s death brings an end to a 3 year battle with anal cancer which later spread to her liver. O’Neal told reporters waiting outside the hospital this morning only that “she’s gone.” O’Neal later released this statement:
“After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away. Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world.”
The couple’s son, Redmond O’Neal, learned of his mother’s death while serving time in the L.A. County jail. Officials sent a grief counselor accompanied by a Sheriff’s deputy to help him deal with the loss, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. “He’s doing well considering the circumstances,” Whitmore said. Redmond is devastated by the death of his actress mother and has “committed to his sobriety to honor her because he promised he would stay clean for her.” O’Neal will be allowed to go to him mother’s funeral, he added.